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University of West Florida

The University of West Florida will be Co-Hosting this years 13th Annual Power Up Energy Expo.

Building Resilient Installations.

The largest industry training event for design, construction, and sustainable energy professionals along the Gulf Coast.

Focusing on technology to improve installation impact on the environment and creating models for government sustainability programs.

This year’s event will bring hundreds of subject matter experts in architecture, engineering, construction, and power generation together for 2 days of information sharing, networking, and business development in the field of renewable energy. Along with Unparalleled access to DOD subject matter experts, this event will also help you build lifelong business relationships.

Network with colleagues in related fields from all over the southeast.

  • Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanical Contractors
  • Building Owners
  • Utilities Directors
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Research Organizations
  • Federal, State and Local Government 
  • Architects

Learn and network with sustainable energy professionals.

Brad Chedister

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, DEFENSEWERX

From 2013-2016, Brad Chedister was the Lead Engineer / Subject Matter Expert supporting USSOCOM HQ Commander’s Science and Technology Initiative, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Joint Task Force. Before that, he spent 2004-2016 as a Technology Scout / Subject Matter Expert supporting multiple Special Operations Command (SOCOM) priorities. Chedister is a Biomedical Engineer by training and holds a double Masters in Engineering Management and Technology Management. From 2005 to 2017, he supported several R&D SOCOM programs including Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE), Human Performance Program (HPP), TALOS, Biomedical Initiatives Steering Committee (BISC), Identity Dominance and Identity Superiority Programs, and Village Stability Operations Task Force for Credibility Assessment. Additionally, Chedister was picked to lead a brainstorming group for the Ebola crisis dealing with key technologies in collaboration with the World Health Organization and White House R&D leadership. Chedister held the position of Warfighter Systems Architect Director at MIT affiliated Draper Laboratories from 2016-2018.

He is currently serving as the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of DEFENSEWERX – leading technology development and facilitation at multiple Facility locations and teams across the United States.

Michelle Moore


Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a non-profit whose mission is building community power. A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia, Michelle is a relentless agent for change with a passion for connecting clean energy with economic growth. Her accomplishments range from building the global green building movement to leading the sustainability team for the Obama Administration as Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. Since joining Groundswell in 2015, Michelle has led the organization to deploy a market-based project finance and subscriber management model for community solar that shares power and savings with low-income families. Michelle’s work is rooted in her faith and the charge to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Tim Echols

Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission

A younger Tim Echols was selected by the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club as “Student of the Year” from his high school in 1978. While at the luncheon, he met Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-a, a member of the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club. After the meeting, Truett invited Tim to come by his Hapeville office and gave him a set of motivational tapes and a challenge. Echols said the tapes changed his life and as a result of listening to Zig Ziglar and his teaching, Echols set a goal to be a statewide elected official. After building a national non-profit organization, Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010, serving as Public Service Commissioner. His primary job is energy regulation. When Echols took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, 7 years later, the state is 5th in the nation in approved solar.

Robert B. Hughes

Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives

Mr. Robert B. Hughes is the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and is responsible for the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects which enhance energy security and resiliency for Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. Mr. Hughes’ responsibilities include the development of projects for onsite energy generation and control systems to ensure the availability of power for Army installations’ energy requirements.

Previously, Mr. Hughes served as the Director,

Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (OEA), where he led the implementation of projects to meet the top Air Force energy challenges and support mission-ready installations. As the first director of the OEA, he established a central management office dedicated to providing a comprehensive, enterprise-wide approach to energy projects, including the development and execution of strategic energy assurance initiatives.

Prior to his assignment with OEA, Mr. Hughes served as Director of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where he oversaw the plans, programs, designs, construction, operation and maintenance of 600 base facilities totaling over 5.1 MSF. Throughout his career, Mr. Hughes has held various engineering positions both within and outside of the Department of Defense.

Erin Spadavecchia

CSI, CDT, Program Manager – Sustainability, Door Security Solutions

Erin Spadavecchia is the Program Manager for Sustainability at ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions (DSS) in New Haven, CT.  ASSA ABLOY DSS is a division of ASSA ABLOY (Stockholm, Sweden), the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience.  Professionally, Erin’s goals include increasing awareness and creating transparency of sustainable building solutions such as doors, frames, hardware, and access control.

She has 13 years of experience in the building materials industry and is an active member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), Metro New York Chapter. Through CSI, Erin has earned the CDT (Construction Document Technologist) credential and serves on their board as President.  Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Biotechnology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.  

In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading and kayaking trips with her family.  She is based in the Hudson Valley area of New York.  

Daniel Soto

Energy Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Tyndall AFB

Daniel Soto is the Energy Director for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Mr. Soto leads over one hundred energy professionals that support warfighters worldwide by providing cost-effective energy assurance solutions. They do this by providing expertise in Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program, Power Purchase Agreements, Automated Meter Reading System, Data Analysis and Reporting, Utility Rates Optimization, and Energy Manager Training.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Soto has held various leadership positions at AFCEC to include the Energy Rates and Resilience Division, Measurement & Analysis Division, Utilities Privatization Division, and Airfield and Horizontal Construction Branch. He attended the University of Alabama on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship, and was commissioned into the USAF in May 1989. He spent almost four years on active duty before transferring to the Air Force reserve and civil service ranks in 1993.

Mr. Soto has held staff and leadership roles at multiple installations, major commands, and Forward Operating Agencies. Highlights include serving as SABER Flight Chief, Luke AFB, AZ, Aviano 2000 MILCON Program Manager, and the Deputy Base Civil Engineer at RAF Mildenhall, UK.

Mr. Soto is a registered Civil engineer in the state of Texas, and a certified Project Management Professional. He was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He serves on the SAME National Energy and Sustainability Community of Interest and on his local Panama City Post Board of Direction. Prior to assuming his/her current position, Mr. Soto was the Energy Rates and Resilience Division Chief at AFCEC – Tyndall.

Brian Stahl

325th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tyndall AFB, US Air Force

Brian Stahl, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy base civil engineer and Tyndall Air Force Base Program Management Office deputy director, has played a major role in the base’s recovery efforts.

The 325th CES is responsible for maintaining the operations, maintenance, repair and construction of property to effectively sustain Tyndall’s land and facilities. Stahl’s roles include advising the director of the PMO and advising the commander of the 325th CES. Stahl was one of the 93 personnel who stayed on base during Hurricane Michael and weathered the storm.

Lowell Ursey

Lowell Ursey

Natural Disaster Recovery, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Tyndall Air Force Base

Lowell Usrey is the Integration Branch Chief for the Natural Disaster Recovery (NDR) Program Management Office (PMO) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for driving innovation for the $4.95 billion, effort to rebuild Tyndall as the Installation of the Future.

As chief of the Integration Branch he identifies opportunities to leverage commercial technology, research, and prototypes to enhance operational effectiveness, security, resilience, and digital integration for Tyndal AFB.

Mr. Usrey has supported the Department of Defense as a uniformed member, contractor and a government civilian. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Usrey led a wide variety of programs to include facility operations; facility planning, programming, and budgeting; construction management; energy management; space management; and environmental management. Other career highlights include coordinating acquisition programs for 14 major Air Force weapons systems and leading the construction efforts for entry gates at 10 Air Mobility Command bases.

Kelley Smith Burk

Kelley Smith-Burk

Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Acting Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy.  The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.  Mrs. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking.

Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Mrs. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning.  In this role, Mrs. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports.

Mrs. Burk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University

Camille Crain

Camille Crain

Section Chief, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Camille Crain is the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Section Chief at FEMA Headquarters. In this role it is her responsibility to design and administer FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance’s newest grant program, BRIC.

Camille came to FEMA HQ from FEMA Region 6 where she served as the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch Chief in the Mitigation Division. It was her responsibility to manage FEMA’s three HMA grant programs and the HMA staff for the five states and 68 tribes located in Region 6. She administered in excess of $3 billion of mitigation funding.

Meet the team.

Dave Robau

Dave Robau


Emily Devore

Emily DeVore

Director of Operations

Veronica Cross

Veronica Cross

Marketing & Outreach Director

Steve Ganzer

Steve Ganzer

Special Events Coordinator

“Power Up Energy Expo always brings the most interesting group of forward-looking professionals together to exchange ideas and information about energy resilience and optimization and connects the solution providers with the organizations who need them. This is the one conference along the Gulf Coast I try not to miss.”

Matt Ridley, Centrica Business Solutions

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2022 Power Up Agenda

All times listed as Central Time. Participation by government agencies does not imply an endorsement of any kind.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Charity Golf Tournament & Beach Bonfire
Golf Registration Contact: Stevie at

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • Registration Opens, Networking Breakfast 7:00 AM
  • Introductions 8:00 AM

    Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network

  • Welcome Message, Introduction of Morning Keynote 8:00 AM
  • Morning Keynote Address 8:00 AM
  • Legislative Update Keynote Address 8:00 AM

    Ms. Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Florida Energy Office, Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS)

  • Opening Plenary Session: Decarbonization Goals & Resiliency Strategies 9:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Ms. Michelle Moore, Groundswell, Inc
    Ms. Ornella Nicolacci, Deputy Director, Beyond the Megawatt, Clean Energy Buyers’ Association (CEBA)

  • Workshop 1: High-Performance Building Strategies 10:00 AM

    Moderator: Ms. Erin Spadavecchia, Program Manager, ASSA ABLOY
    Mr. George Handy, Principal Program Manager, Noblis
    Mr. Brian Yallaly, DoD STED Program, Senior Engineer, Noblis

  • Networking Break 10:45 AM
  • Workshop 2: Resilient Infrastructure & Transportation 11:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Daniel Bakke, Vice President, EVCS Solutions
    Ms. Dory Larsen, Electric Transportation Program Manager, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)
    Mr. Eric Christianson, Planner, Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC)

  • Networking Lunch 12:00 PM
  • Workshop 3: Smart Cities & Resilient Installations 1:15 PM

    Moderator by Schneider Electric
    Mr. Mike Dwyer, PE, Deputy Chief, Natural Disaster Recovery Office, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S Air Force
    Ms. Camille Crain, Section Chief, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Ms. Elizabeth Wolfe, Senior Advisor, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Workshop 4: Additive Manufacturing & The Future of Construction 2:15 PM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Nicolas Fernandez, Construction Supervisor, Concrewall USA
    Mr. Lance Marrano, Science and Technology Advisor for Tyndall AFB Reconstruction Engineer Research & Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Other Speakers TBD

  • Networking Break 3:15 PM
  • Workshop 5: Innovative Utilities and Third-Party Financing Strategies 3:30 PM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Mike Ringenberg, ESPC/UESC Program Manager, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, U.S. Air Force
    Mr. Al Burns, State Energy Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Invited)
    Other Speakers TBD

  • Workshop 6: Building a Culture of Energy Resilience 4:45 PM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Steve Loken, PE, F. SAME, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, Hurlburt Field, U.S. Air Force
    Mr. Oscar Bernal, PE, Deputy Public Works Director, NAVFAC Southeast, U.S. Navy (Invited)
    Mr. Daniel Nocher, 96th Civil Engineer Group, Eglin Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force

  • VIP Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Defense Innovation Forum

  • Registration Opens, Networking Breakfast 7:00 AM
  • Introductions 8:00 AM

    Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network

  • Opening Panel: Department of Defense Leadership Roundtable 8:00 AM

    Ms. Meredith A. Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, U.S. Navy (Invited)
    Mr. Robert Hughes, Executive Director, Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Army
    Mr. Dan Soto, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force

  • Plenary Session 1: Partnerships to Support Defense Communities 9:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Brad Chedister, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, DEFENSEWERX
    Mr. Ivan Bolden, Chief, Army Partnerships, U.S. Army
    Commissioner Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission

  • Plenary Session 2: Energy & Climate Security 10:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Ms. Meredith Pringle, Principal, Converge Strategies
    Dr. Bret Strogen, PE, Director, Strategic Marketing Innovations
    Col. Greg Douquet, USMC (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy

  • Plenary Session 3: Installations of the Future 11:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Lowell Usrey, Integration Branch Chief, Natural Disaster Recovery Division, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Army Future’s Command Representative
    Other Speakers TBD

  • Closing Remarks 11:50 AM

    Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network

Make lifelong connections with our nightly social activities.

Golf Games

Beach Bonfires

Social Gatherings

Supporting Organizations.

Power Up Energy Expo is the largest industry training event for design, construction, and sustainable energy professionals along the Gulf Coast.

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Government and standard room block rates are available. Click the links below to visit the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort registration page.

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Power Up Energy Expo is the largest industry training event for design, construction, and sustainable energy professionals along the Gulf Coast.

SAVE $200 + 15% OFF per ticket by Sept 27th!

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